Job Help for Teens

Job & Career Resources from the Boston Public Library

Afterschool and Summer Employment in Boston

  • ABCD SummerWorks, opens a new window – SummerWorks has provided over 5,000 Boston youth with a summer job at more than 500 partner worksites throughout the city. A CORI* is required to complete your application. Youth must be between the age of 14-21.
  • Artists For Humanity, opens a new window – AFH hires teens to work across 5 different studios: Painting, 3D Design, Graphics, Photography and Video & Motion.
  • Boch Center Wang Theater – Job opportunities for teens interested in using the performing arts (dance, music, or acting) for social change.
  • BCYF Youth Engagement and Employment, opens a new window –  Opportunities for summer and school-year jobs.
  • Boston Private Industry Council (PIC), opens a new window – The Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) offers Boston Public School students a variety of ways to work and learn. The PIC organizes the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Campaign and a limited number of school-year internships.
  • Jobs for Teens HQ, opens a new window – This website provides teens with jobs for teens by city/state, resume writing tips, job fair information, interviewing best practices, work permit info, volunteering opportunities, labor laws, and other information to help them succeed.
  • Mayor’s Youth Line, opens a new window – A resource created by Boston teens for teens and their parents.
  • Youth Conservation Corps – Apply to work outdoors as part of team with Boston Natural Areas Network to help parks in Boston.
  • Teen Employment with YMCA , opens a new window– The Y has employment opportunity for teens.
  • Seed Crew, The Food Project - Youth, ages 14-17, can spend their summer outside meeting new people and learning about the food system while earning a paycheck and community service hours in The Food Project's summer internship, Seed Crew. Apply by March 9.
  • Sociedad Latina, opens a new window – Sociedad Latina offers different job opportunity for teens as well as job development programs.

Volunteer Opportunities to Gain Job Experience

Resume Writing & Interviewing

Online Resources

*CORI stands for Criminal Offender Record Information. Many jobs might require applicants to have a police background check done before they can be hired.

Working Papers 

*In the state of Massachusetts, all teens under 18 years of age must complete a work permit application and obtain a work permit before starting a new job. You can obtain this application, opens a new window through the Superintendent of your school. For more information, check out the, opens a new window webpage Youth Employment Permit Information.

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